Novena of St. Philip Neri, Day 1

oratoirest_ph_neriMay 17 – Philip’s Humility

If Philip heard of anyone having committed a crime, he would say, “Thank God that I have not done worse.”

At confession he would shed abundance of tears, and say, “I have never done a good action.”

When a penitent showed that she could not bear the rudeness shown towards him by certain persons who were under great obligations to him, he answered her, “If I were humble, God would not send this to me.”

When one of his spiritual children said to him, “Father, I wish to have something of yours for devotion, for I know you are a Saint,” he turned to her with a face full of anger, and broke out into these words: “Begone with you! I am a devil, and not a saint.”

To another who said to him, “Father, a temptation has come to me to think that you are not what the world takes you for,” he made answer: “Be sure of this, that I am a man like my neighbours, and nothing more.”

If he heard of any who had a good opinion of him, he used to say, “O poor me! how many poor girls will be greater in Paradise than I shall be!”

He avoided all marks of honour. He could not bear to receive any signs of respect. When people wished to touch his clothes, and knelt as he passed by, he used to say, “Get up! get out of my way!” He did not like people to kiss his hand; though he sometimes let them do so, lest he should hurt their feelings.

He was an enemy to all rivalry and contention. He always took in good part everything that was said to him. He had a particular dislike of affectation, whether in speaking, or in dressing, or in anything else.

He could not bear two-faced persons; as for liars, he could not endure them, and was continually reminding his spiritual children to avoid them as they would a pestilence.

He always asked advice, even on affairs of minor importance. His constant counsel to his penitents was, that they should not trust in themselves, but always take the advice of others, and get as many prayers as they could.

He took great pleasure in being lightly esteemed, nay, even despised.

He had a most pleasant manner of transacting business with others, great sweetness in conversation, and was full of compassion and consideration.

He had always a dislike to speak of himself. The phrases “I said,” “I did,” were rarely in his mouth. He exhorted others never to make a display of themselves, especially in those things which tended to their credit, whether in earnest or in joke.

As St. John the Evangelist, when old, was continually saying, “Little children, love one another,” so Philip was ever repeating his favourite lesson, “Be humble; think little of yourselves.”

He said that if we did a good work, and another took the credit of it to himself, we ought to rejoice and thank God.

He said no one ought to say, “Oh! I shall not fall, I shall not commit sin,” for it was a clear sign that he would fall. He was greatly displeased with those who made excuses for themselves, and called such persons. “My Lady Eve,” because Eve defended herself instead of being humble.

Prayer

Philip, my glorious patron, who didst count as dross the praise, and even the good esteem of men, obtain for me also, from my Lord and Saviour, this fair virtue by thy prayers. How haughty are my thoughts, how contemptuous are my words, how ambitious are my works. Gain for me that low esteem of self with which thou wast gifted; obtain for me a knowledge of my own nothingness, that I may rejoice when I am despised, and ever seek to be great only in the eyes of my God and Judge.

Novena to St. Philip Neri

Prayer FrontThe Novena to St. Philip Neri begins tomorrow, in preparation for his Feast Day on May 26.  Please pray this Novena with us, and with Oratorians around the whole world.  In a special way, we pray this year for the completion of our Pious House and our ultimate establishment as an Oratory.

Mark down on your calendar two special events: First Solemn Vespers on May 25 at 3 pm at Old St. Mary Church and the Solemn Mass for St. Philip Neri on May 26 9:30 am.  A light reception will follow Mass in Fr. Felten Hall.

St. Philip Neri, pray for us!

Old St. Mary Church
123 East 13th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Novena to St. Philip Neri

Br. Adrian Ordained to the Diaconate

10312540_624577740953656_3306961647695100526_nBr. Adrian was ordained a transitional deacon by the Most Rev. Joseph Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati.  More pictures to come, but here is a picture from after the ordination.  Thank you to everyone for their prayers and support!

Br. Adrian Ordination to the Diaconate

AJIt is with great joy that the Community-in-Formation announces the ordination to the diaconate of one of its founding members, Br. Adrian J. Hilton.  A long time parishioner of Old St. Mary’s Church, the parish where the community is based, Br. Adrian entered the seminary in 2006.  Attending the Pontifical College Josephinum, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Classics, graduating in 2010.  Br. Adrian has been studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West since 2010, and has one year left before his ordination to the priesthood on May 16, 2015.  We congratulate Br. Adrian on this important step in his formation.  Everyone is welcome to the Ordination, and to the Solemn Mass the following day at Old St. Mary’s.  Information is below.  Ad multo annos

Ordination, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains
Corner of Plum and Eighth Street in Downtown Cincinnati
Most Rev. Joseph Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati, ordaining prelate

Solemn Mass, April 27, 2014 at 9:15
Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine
123 East Thirteenth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
A light reception follows

Annual Banquet 2014

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The Community in Formation’s only annual fundraiser is quickly approaching. Join the Community on May 3, 2014 at The Phoenix for this event. Last year, the event raised over $25,000 for the Community’s Annual Budget. This year, we will be appealing again for the Annual Budget, but also for our many renovation projects underway. We look forward to being able to see you and give you an update on where we stand on our projects, and when the renovations will begin. Please visit our Banquet Page for more information or to make a reservation!